He, She & It (Flash Fiction)



Ramaiyya lit the lantern and looked around the house. The emptiness of the house seemed to haunt him every moment as he thought about her. He missed her presence each day after he returned from a daylong work at the fields. The way she waited for him at the door, made all this favourite dishes for dinner, heard him as he shared the day’s happenings with her, pressed his head in case it ached, held him tightly as she slept – he missed everything. Many times he would almost decide to bring her back from her parents’ house but would stop himself. 

He loved her a lot but could not forgive her for it. No...He could not forget what she had done. How could she….he thought. Everything was going well in their lives except for the fact that she was not able to conceive since a long a time. They tried all possible ways to find a solution but to no avail. As the sarcasm of people around them increased one day in a fit of rage she blamed him for it. How dare she….He cannot have a problem. It had to be all because of her

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  1. This is so common in some Indian households Me! Hmm! When I read the intro on my RSS feed, thought it was a horror story ha ha

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    1. :D

      Horror!! WOW! That is one segment I am too scared to try myself.

      On a serious note yes there are many Indian households who have the same story to tell and nothing is done about it. Many hapless women suffer because of this adamant beliefs.

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  2. he better go and get himself checked ...



    Bikram's

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    1. Precisely....but sadly such people don't want to understand this!

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  3. My dear friend,
    Heartfelt story!! He should have never blamed her. When you love someone...you share every pain and joy together. Great write today my friend!

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    1. Very true Andy... marriage is all about sharing and caring!

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  4. Enjoyed the read but it is indeed a sorry state of affairs in India - so many women come to me for counselling services or domestic abuse and state how there are issues because they haven't conceived yet - 8 out of 10 husbands are not willing to undergo medical tests - they are convinced that the fault lies in the woman...

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    1. Thanks Divya :)

      Glad to know that you counsel such people.. they really need to know they are not at fault even if medically something is wrong with them.

      I simply fail to understand how having a child ( and in our country more important so for that child to be son) can shake the base of the institution of marriage... really thought provoking!

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  5. right better check first than engage in blame games. And then call the relationship love!

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    1. Precisely...thanks for putting it across so beautifully for all of us here!

      Glad to have you here today Jerly, hope to see you more often :)

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  6. Dear Me,
    I'm finally getting around to visiting everyone from Blog Hop Saturday! #4.

    This is not just in Indian households, but everywhere. It's just sad that these two cannot make a joint effort to get both of themselves checked out. I always admire writers who can write so poignantly in such few words (smile). Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks also for linking up to the Blog Hop. The next one will be on Saturday September 1st, but Linky will open early on Aug 31st. I hope you can male it. Invite all your friends too...everyone is welcome! I truly appreciate the support & look forward to seeing you again soon.

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    1. Hello Andy,

      Yes you are very correct in saying this. It is not only in our country but everywhere. Partners need to respect each other and be together in pain or joy.

      Thank you so much for your lovely words! :)

      Yes, will surely be there this time as well. This was my second time and I am liking the new blogs / friends I am making in this process. This time I plan to add my second blog too!

      The pleasure is all mine.

      Take care!

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  7. Unexpected, but sad, ending. I was thinking she died and he was mourning. If he does not get himself checked, she has other ways to take care of this issue. He should remember that.

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    1. I wish such people remember other ways of dealing with this issue. They become so myopic that they seem to think only from one point of view - theirs.

      Thanks for being here SG today, hope to see you more often!

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  8. Heartfelt emotions. Such a common scenario. Loved the treatment.

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    1. Thanks Jas :)

      Yes it is sadly a very common scenario!

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  9. This happened in my family once with my uncle and aunt.. After a lot of cajoling from his wife and her side of the family, he went ahead for a check up and apparently was the reason why his wife couldn't conceive.
    One more incident, my mom and I went to the hospital to see my servant's daughter a day after she was born. She looked like an angel, but I could see and sense the unhappiness in the parents. When my mom asked my servant what happened, she explained how she would how she would have to move to her mother's house for giving birth to a girl. I couldn't control my anger, when I said that it was truly her husband's fault for it is his chromosome that decides the sex of the child! I didn't know that the woman taking care of her was her MIL.. I thought it was her mom. The scene turned ugly, very ugly. My mom had to push me out of the room and finally settle the situation..
    Sigh! India and its sexist views.

    Beautiful writing Me.. :)

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    1. Oh shucks it feels so terrible to even read this...and we claim to be living in a developed nation which can be the next super power...

      When will our country be free of all such evils? Why cannot there be equality in thoughts as well?

      Sadly I think some questions just don't have any answers to them!

      Thanks, glad you liked it:)

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  10. A very nice post ME :). Stopping by at your blog after a while.
    Initially I thought she might be dead, then I thought problem would some affair but the climax of the post was shocking and unbelievable but quite true. There are few case which I have heard like this.
    One point would like to add now your stories keep readers attached till the completion of the it which I told you before for some post.
    Keep Blogging Me (of parallel world ) ;)

    Cheers!

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    1. Welcome here after a looonnng time!!

      Thanks so much :)

      The beginning does look a bit misleading!

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    2. It's not misleading at all but it keeps readers attached that's only I wanted to say. Your readers will be keep on guessing what is next and how come ? Not like reader should get to know a priori.

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    3. :o)

      What I meant was that it was purely intentional that it is misleading...and adding that twist in the end to make it an interesting read.... glad you enjoyed reading it and in guessing what will happen next...!

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  11. Very well written - sad that it's so true! :(

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    1. Thanks Corinne, yes sadly this is the ugly facet of life which is very much existant amongst us even today!

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  12. A problem with every other household today...and it goes with the mentality of the people as well...i.e; "Why blame yourself when you have someone to blame at?" and that too without even looking at one's lacklustre...

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    1. Very true.. this is the exact problem - the mentality!

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